It’s great to read more about Millie because she is cool and smart. She’s a very likable character you would want as a friend. I enjoyed reading about her in the first book of the series #1 After a Fashion. I love that she likes learning new words and carries a dictionary around with her as often as she can. Like Harriet and Lucetta, she felt like a friend immediately. 🙂
Here is the plot description for In Good Company from Jen Turano’s website ~
After spending her childhood in an orphanage, Millie Longfellow is determined to become the best nanny the East Coast has ever seen. Unfortunately, her enthusiasm for her job tends to bring about situations that have employers looking askance at her methods. After her most recent dismissal, Millie is forced to return yet again to an employment agency.
Everett Mulberry has suddenly and quite unexpectedly found himself responsible for three children he barely knows. Attempting fatherhood while also pacifying the less-than-thrilled socialite he intends to marry is made even more complicated when the children scare off every nanny he hires. About to depart for Newport, Rhode Island, for the summer, he’s desperate for competent childcare.
At wit’s end with both Millie and Everett, the employment agency gives them one last chance—with each other. Everett is wary of Millie’s penchant for disaster, and she’s not entirely keen on another snobby, grumpy employer, but they’re both out of options. As Millie falls in love with her mischievous charges and tries to stay one step ahead of them, Everett is more focused on achieving the coveted status of society’s upper echelons. As he investigates the suspicious circumstances surrounding the children’s parents’ death, will it take the loss of those he loves to learn whose company he truly wants for the rest of his life?
This book has a lot of humor and an intriguing mystery. Jen Turano has a fun style of writing that makes you keep reading. I really love her tongue-in-cheek (cheeky) attitude of mocking the snobbiness of society. Very good. If I may use one of Millie’s words, the attitudes of snobs are excreable.
It is honorable to work and provide items and services that are good. It is dishonorable and disgusting to have such a lack of character, such as slum overseers, who make money off of the pain and hurt of others.
One of the people Millie has to deal with is Caroline, who’s so rude and obnoxious, which made for a well-written antagonist. I feel bad for people like Caroline and they are definitely out there. They aren’t happy people. The Creator can help them become good, happy individuals, if they want to be.
To look down on someone because they have less money, or “new money” is disgusting and very laughable. A Class of Their Own series shows that very well.
I can’t understand why there are those who are greedy, pompous, cruel and seemingly void of basic decency or kindness with compassion. Making money at the expense of others, not only not helping but either adding to the suffering or being a direct cause is incomprehensible as well as deplorable (Millie would be proud of the use of those big words 😉 😀 ). It’s incredible they think they’re superior when they’ve done such despicable things to their fellow human beings. Everyone is created by the Creator.
I don’t begrudge a person money or making a lot of money as long as it isn’t received through evil means, which can vary from some factories, flat-out theft, mines, to slum holdings, which are all sadly still found today, not only in America, but Europe, and other places in the world. Such as Africa where children have to forage on mountains of actual, dangerous trash. This is wrong and I pray that it’s corrected and cruelness abolished. Real issues like poverty and such horrendous living conditions make me have little tolerance for wimpy attitudes and whining from well-to-do people who should shut up. If someone isn’t going to help at least let them not add to the misery.
Rachmonis is a concept from the Creator taught, and shown as well, by my parents since I was little. It is compassion and done in a way that is inoffensive to the recipient to protect their sense of self.
Millie consistently does her best and that’s what everyone should do. We can’t fix everything in the world ourselves, but we know Who can and we pray to Him. He is in control and evil won’t win because He’s already secured the victory. We aren’t responsible for what others do, but we are responsible for our actions, whether actively helping or at least not doing anything that will cause hurt to someone.
I finally started liking Everett around halfway into the book. I had picked up on his snobbiness in the first book when introduced to him. It’s admirable that Jen Turano and her main female characters can turn unlikable people into decent humans. Bravo for seeing the good hidden from sight.
It’s important that you have friends who are truly friends – that’s exemplified in this story very well.
Shame that Everett blamed God for what was actually situations brought about by people’s own choices and free will decisions. That’s why it was odd, as Everett put it.
Most of the dialogue by the main good characters was entertaining except for a few instances of rather rude remarks, but I know some were tongue in cheek and brought on by irritation rather than actual animosity or meanness.
I’m looking forward to reading Jen Turano’s Ladies of Distinction series. 🙂 I expect more stories with romance, humor, and mystery. It’s wonderful having good books waiting for you.
Todah rabah (thank you so much) for the fun stories, Jen Turano! 🙂 ❤